Talcum Powder Litigation
For more than 100 years, Johnson & Johnson’s products have been integral to millions of Americans’ lives. From Baby Powder to Shower-to-Shower, to lotion and myriad other skin products, the company has been entrusted with customers’ health and well-being.
But mounting evidence suggests that Johnson & Johnson’s talc-containing products, namely Shower-to-Shower and Baby Powder, can have dangerous effects when applied to the genitals regularly for many years’ time. Specifically, hundreds of women – or their surviving family members – have come forth alleging that the use of Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products causes ovarian cancer.
Hundreds of Lawsuits Filed Against Johnson & Johnson
There are currently hundreds of lawsuits pending against the Baby Powder maker, in multiple states across the nation. Some lawsuits have already been settled; earlier this year, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay a whopping $72 million to the family of a woman whose ovarian cancer was caused by more than 35 years’ worth of use of the company’s feminine hygiene products. The company was found liable on the grounds of negligence, fraud, and conspiracy, with claims that Johnson & Johnson knew of the risks of their talcum powders dating as far back as the 1980s.
Other plaintiffs have not experienced the same level of success; in 2013, a jury in Sioux Falls, South Dakota acknowledged that talcum powder was a factor in the plaintiff’s development of ovarian cancer, yet awarded no damages.